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FDA investigating safety of widely-used surgical robot

The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year - triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it, and the high cost of using the robotic system.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2013

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BionicOpter - Inspired by dragonfly flight (w/video)

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2013

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Bluefin Robotics completes deep testing of DARPA Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

The system was developed under a Phase II subcontract from Applied Physical Sciences Corp. for the Deep Sea Operations (DSOP) Program. DSOP is part of DARPA's Distributed Agile Submarine Hunting program (DASH), which aims to develop affordable distributed technology to address Anti-Submarine Warfare surveillance needs over large, operationally relevant areas.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2013

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New TopCoder competition seeks to bring sight capability to ISS robot Robonaut 2

TopCoder, Inc., the world's largest open innovation platform and competitive community of 470,000 digital creators, announced two new marathon competitions hosted through the NASA Tournament Lab that will look to continue delivery of output-based high value returns in the most cost-effective and measurable software development process currently available to government agencies.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2013

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The Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (JUVS) is a new quarterly, electronic-only publication

This new title aims to provide an accessible, consolidated forum where an accumulation of peer-reviewed scientific knowledge on the design, development, testing, and applications of unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) in the air, on and under the water, and on land is published and disseminated. The journal is broadly themed into four main areas: civil, environmental, military, and engineering technology; contributions are invited from recognized researchers and practitioners in academia, government and industry from all over the world.

Posted: Mar 28th, 2013

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The robot is complete - arms and hands for TORO, the walking machine

TOrque controlled humanoid RObot (TORO), the German Aerospace Center's walking machine, has become more human-like - an upper body, a head with camera eyes and arms have been added. TORO is now complete, with forearms and hands with sensors and flexible joints that allow it to respond to its environment with exceptional sensitivity.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2013

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